LibriVox recording of Up from Slavery, by Booker T. Washington.
Up From Slavery is the 1901 autobiography of Booker T. Washington detailing his slow and steady rise from a slave child during the Civil War, to the difficulties and obstacles he overcame to get an education at the new Hampton University, to his work establishing vocational schools—most notably the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama—to help black people and other disadvantaged minorities learn useful, marketable skills and work to pull themselves, as a race, up by the bootstraps. He reflects on the generosity of both teachers and philanthropists who helped in educating blacks and native Americans. He describes his efforts to instill manners, breeding, health and a feeling of dignity to students.
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June 23, 2017 Subject:
Great book, and great readings by all involved. My only issue is with the sound corruption (clicking and skipping) in the final chapter, which was extremely distracting and really took the wind out of the sails of the piece right at the end, but other than that, it was a delight to listen to all the readings.
A lot to think on after this listen.
February 10, 2017 Subject:
This is an amazing book
This is a great book he says a lot of things that get to me. I love this book very much! He is an amazing writer. I love the way he explains things. This book reminds me that life can be ruff and hard but there is a ways another way. This isn't just a history book, it is a book about a great man who lived life and who made mistakes and had great accomplishments and we can learn through those mistakes to be better and we can also learn through those great accomplishments! that is what I thought about the book and thought that I should share it with the people who want to read this comment
December 28, 2009 Subject:
I found the first person account of life in the South in the years immediately after the Civil War to be very engaging and challenging. The grinding poverty of the former slaves was appalling. I was particularly caught by Mr. Washington's emphasis on oral hygiene and daily baths. We take so much for granted in our day to day lives and don't realize that when the motivation is dehumanization, deprivations of this sort are amazingly effective. So of course, once freed, the former slaves must be taught the norms of civilized society. I sit back and wonder whether some of the views he expressed were influenced by political and social realities of his day, and his goal of advancing his race through the work of the Tuskegee institute. I know people much more knowledgeable than I have debated such questions. But on a very personal and human level, you can't help but admire and respect what Mr. Washington did to improve his own life, and those of the people around him of all races.
This is a Librivox group recording. It was a bit odd hearing the first two chapters of this book in particular read with a Chinese accent, but all of the readings were clear and very well done.
September 16, 2009 Subject:
I was humbled
Interesting story - how he could have come out of his early life to achieve the things he did is almost unbelievable. Thank you to all the readers for introducing me to a great man.